For Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng couples, the good news is a luxury bush honeymoon doesn’t have to be a long drive away. The beauty of Nambiti Hills is that the five-star private game reserve is only three hours from Durban and four from Johannesburg. After the stress of the wedding celebration it’s time to take in the soothing hum of the wildlife, ambient lighting, a welcoming bush-side fire and a relaxing glass of wine.

Soon you’re able to celebrate the new season and unwind by dining al fresco in the wild. Settling into safari rhythm is an effortless affair, especially with two informative daily game drives and three meals lovingly prepared for you. Of course, you then have your beautiful suite.

All nine suites offer uncompromising luxury and the honeymoon suite builds on that, with a large open-plan lounge area, exclusive veranda overlooking the reserve, both indoor & outdoor showers and of course an extra-large stone bath. Natural textures and tones adorn the suites to blur the boundaries between the wilderness outside and the comfort of the interior space.

A vital part of every honeymoon should be the chance to unwind through some spa therapy. Nambiti Hills’ Zolile Spa has a range of treatments – I’d recommend you treat each other to the “Couples Journey”, which includes the following luxurious treatments: a Pinotage facial, relaxing scalp massage, hand & foot ritual and Pinotage back massage.

Of course if you’re interested in South African history, it’s worth bearing in mind that many of South Africa’s wars played out within a stone’s throw of the reserve. The sites of the Battles of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, the Siege of Ladysmith and the Battle of Blood River are all close by. You can drive there yourself, and the lodge will assist in linking guests with registered guides should you so desire.

The staff at Nambiti Hills are well accustomed to celebrations.  They have seen many heart-warming proposals, romantic escapes, and breath-taking weddings, and they will take great pleasure in assisting you for your stay. It’s worth noting that for couples wanting to combine the charm of nature with the beauty of their special day, Nambiti Hills also hires out the lodge exclusively for smaller and more intimate weddings. They can accommodate up to 16 people comfortably.  Explore more of the reserve at

Written by Jared, a Cape Town based travel journalist, content creator and tour guide based in South Africa. @jaredInCPT